Thursday, September 20, 2018

Chimaira’s Mark Hunter Discusses His Battle with Depression in Forthcoming Documentary Film

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 3:17 PM

  • Courtesy of Adrenaline PR
Chimaira’s Mark Hunter and director Nick Cavalier met last year when they were both on a panel about mental health and creativity during the Acting Out! festival that took place here in Cleveland.

After hearing Hunter’s story, Cavalier, who helmed Forced Perspective, a documentary about local graphic artist Derek Hess, asked Hunter about doing a short film about Hunter's ability to cope with mental illness. The resulting film, Down Again, documents the local metal band’s rise and fall and Hunter’s ability to deal with his illness. It comes out on Oct. 10 as a free download.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

'Kusama — Infinity' Director to Appear at Cleveland Museum of Art This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 4:41 PM

An Akron native, director Heather Lenz started making her documentary film, Kusama — Infinity way back in January of 2001.

“It was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” she jokes in a recent phone interview. The movie screens at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wexner Center in Columbus, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Akron Museum of Art. Lenz will appear at all the screenings to participate in question and answer sessions. “Initially, I had a script and realized the odds of me getting to direct a big budget bio pic weren’t great. That’s one of the reasons I switched to making a documentary. Also, it was because she was still alive, and I wanted to tell the story through her own words. I never thought it would be so hard and take so long. But that’s what happened.”

The movie commences with background about Kusama’s childhood. She wanted to be a painter since she was about 10 years old, but her mother didn’t encourage her artistic ambitions. And she grew up in rural Japan, and that posed its own set of problems.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

'Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear' Director to Appear at the Cinematheque on Saturday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Born in New Jersey, Douglas Burke took up surfing after his family relocated to California when he was a teenager. After living in the South Pacific and then moving back to California, he started a family and taught his son to surf. When his son started taking on some of the bigger waves, he began to film him. At that point, he began thinking he should make a movie of some sort based on his surfing experiences.

The resulting film, Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear, shows at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday and at 8:25 p.m. on Sunday at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

Burke will attend Saturday’s screening and participate in a Q&A after the showing.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Cleveland-Filmed Horror Flick to Premiere Next Week at Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7 in Euclid

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Locally based horror filmmaker, Eddie Lengyel regularly releases movies on his Fright Teck Pictures.

The latest such flick, American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet, centers on a woman and her friend who put a curse into motion after they acquire a shrunken head. They take the thing to a paranormal podcast host who helps them determine its identity, and they subsequently unleash a dead woman’s evil spirit in the process.

Cinematographer Greg Kraus shot the film on a RED camera in 6k at locations in Cleveland and Akron.

The movie makes its world premiere at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7 in Euclid. Tickets are $10. The evening will include games and raffle prizes, including a $50 Atlas Cinemas Gift Card.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Capitol Theatre to Launch Its Annual Fall Doc Series Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 2:50 PM

This past summer, feature-length documentaries such as RBG, Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Three Identical Strangers were some of the most popular titles to hit the arthouse circuit. Each of the movies even grossed more than $10 million bucks.

The Capitol Theatre hopes the six movies it'll show as part of its annual Fall Doc Series will benefit from the popularity of those aforementioned films.

Here’s the series lineup along with descriptions provided by Cleveland Cinemas. The Fall Doc Series commences next week.

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Cleveland-Filmed Crime Drama Paints a Sympathetic Portrait of Informant-Turned-Drug Kingpin White Boy Rick

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:01 PM

The story of Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr., the youngest-ever FBI informant, seems like the perfect subject matter for a Hollywood movie. It's a tragic story of how a poor Midwestern kid went from rags to riches and back to rags again.

Rick, who lives in Detroit in the 1980s, turns from informant to druglord and uses his street smart to elude the law (at least for a little while). Credit French director Yann Demange with not sanitizing the subject matter with White Boy Rick, a compelling drama that opens areawide on Friday.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

'Chained for Life' Director and Star to Appear at the Cinematheque for the Film’s Local Debut

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 11:24 AM

  • Courtesy of the Cinematheque
Charlie Korsmo, a Case Western Reserve University law professor and lawyer who's had roles in films such as Hook, What About Bob? and Dick Tracy, returns to the screen in Chained for Life, a new film directed by Adam Schimberg (Go Down Death).

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